It is hard to believe we have less than 2 weeks of school left!
The kids and I have been posting lots of photos on Seesaw of their projects and assorted other work that they want to share- please remember to check in from time to time!
This upcoming week will be a short week with only 3 days of school before the Eid holiday begins on Thursday, but we will be doing lots of learning!
The students are working on a final project for our Unit of Inquiry in which they are planning and designing a map of a community complete with various systems of transportation. They are also finishing up their paragraphs about a mode of transportation.
In Maths and Literacy this week we will be finishing up end of the year assessments and preparing final portfolios. This includes a lot of reflection about what students have enjoyed and learned over the year. I am asking each learner to will look back to see if they met their goals for the term and to make new goals for the future.
Next week will be our last week of school and we will have lots of special events planned! Stay tuned:)
First of all, I would like to wish a Ramadan Kareem to all of you celebrating Ramadan!
This week has really flown by and I can hardly believe that we have only 22 days of school left. I am planning to squeeze in as much learning as possible so these next few weeks will be full and very busy.
Next week we will be MAP testing on Wednesday and Friday morning and will have some make-up time the following week as well if needed.
In Maths we will be reviewing and reinforcing all of the major concepts that we have learned this year through games, small group instruction and using Mathletics and other online activities. Next week the focus will be on number and place value so we will review counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 as well practicing reading, writing and comparing numbers correctly.
In Daily 5 and Unit students will be focusing on using the 6-Traits of Writing to write a report or story about a mode or system of transportation. Our key concept focus for this week will be Function. Students will inquire into how different systems of transportation work and what their purpose is in a community.
We are also going on a fabulous field trip to see a play called ADMIRABLE P’TIT MOUK at Le Studio des Arts Vivants on Friday morning! Details are included in the permission slip which will be sent home today.
I certainly had a Fabulous time at Family Fun Day! It was awesome to see our entire class in attendance and as always I really enjoy getting to spend time with all of our ISM community. These events remind me why I am so thankful for our wonderful school and especially all of the parents who make our school feel more like a home away from home- so thank you!
Our class Spa Basket was a big hit at the silent auction and raised quite a significant sum of money (over 600 dirhams I think but need to double check!) for our goal of building restrooms in a rural school here in Morocco. Thanks for contributing and for bidding!
This week our learners will be getting settled back into routines after all of the excitement of Spirit Week last week.
We will revisit measurement and using statistics to help us collect and organize data as part of both Maths and Unit studies. Students will be looking at modes of transportation and conducting surveys to determine the modes commonly used by the ISM community. They will then use tables, charts and graphs to organise this information.
I am very proud of the progress I am seeing with students' reading and writing skills. Please continue to read to your child daily and encourage them to read to you as well. I will be sending home early readers beginning tomorrow with each child. These should be read a few times to encourage fluency - by you first if your reader is hesitant and then your child- and then returned when your child is ready for another book.
Happy Sunday! And don't forget to set your clock back today:)
Thank you once again to all of the parents who came out to cheer the kids on for Sports Day Today! We had a fabulous time despite the dreary weather and everyone displayed great sportsmanship and tremendous effort! Well done!!
Earth Week was AMAZING! Thanks so much to all the parents who helped out and volunteered this week. Our kids really worked hard at the beach clean-up and did a tremendous job- just check out the photo to see how much trash we gathered!
This week was the perfect culmination of our Unit, Sharing the Planet. Today, as our final project for the unit, students from Year 1-2 presented to the Early Years class. They were able to teach their younger peers all about the impacts that humans have on the environment and everyone really enjoyed working together.
I am so proud of all that our class has learned this unit and this week. Many students made pledges at home- thank you!- as well as our pledge at school and I can already see that they are taking this commitment to the Earth very seriously. The fact that we are seeing action is inspiring for me! Please encourage your child to continue teaching and sharing their knowledge.
Students need to bring in 2 t-shirts ASAP for upcoming events:
1 -A white (or mostly white) shirt than your child will decorate and wear for Sports Day on May 4th!
2- Any size old t-shirt that we can REUSE rather than throw away as part of our earth Week activities next week!
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing spring break!
We are jumping back into our unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet. Our class is busy deciding how we can teach other students (and our families at home) about human actions that impact the environment.
Next week is Earth Week and the Y1-2 students will be visiting the other classes to present their learning from this unit and hopefully inspire and encourage their fellow students to take action!
If any parent or family member has expertise in this area that they would like to share please let me know!:)
Parents will also be invited to attend our beach clean up field trip in Dar Bouazza next Tuesday- look for the permission slip to be sent home today!
In Maths we are continuing our inquiry into fractions. At home you can reinforce our learning by using fractions in everyday life. Ask your child to find one half or one quarter of an amount of small toys, change, or even foods!
In Daily 5 we will be using the Words Their Way program for the remainder of the school year to focus on the critical features of words – sounds, letter patterns, and meaning.
This program uses hands-on experiences to help students see and sort words by common patterns. Through word study, students examine, manipulate, and categorize words.
Research shows that children progress through developmental stages in reading, writing and spelling. Different students will pass through the spelling stages at different times and at different rates. Each stage has spelling patterns that are commonly used and sometimes confused. Our goal is to move your child along the continuum through weekly word study.
There is also a strong connection between the amount of time students spend reading and writing and growth in vocabulary and spelling achievement- which is why the other 4 components of Daily 5 are so essential and why we encourage you to read to your child every day!
Have a great week:)
Thank you so much for coming to our show last night and supporting all of our talented young actors. The kids really did such an amazing job singing and performing and I think their hard work really shined - well done guys!
Thanks also to those who donated and helped out with the Bake sale:)
I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful Spring vacation.
See you after the break!
Spring is finally here and we have SO much going on this week!!
Today the Student Council is hosting the No Uniform and Pizza Day fundraiser- it's always fun to see the kids dress up in "normal clothes" for a change:)
We are going to be very busy rehearsing all week for our spring production this Thursday, 5 April at 7:00!!!
Parents please follow the link sent out by Mr. Kelly last week to reserve your spots for the show. The entire school has worked very hard to make this a spectacular event and I hope to see all of our parents and families there for the big finale on Thursday evening!
Following the show we will have a PJ Day as usual on Friday. Please send your child to school in comfy but appropriate pyjamas and they may also bring a stuffed animal to snuggle with during story time.
In our class this week the students will be busy inquiring into how human choices impact the environment. Stay tuned for upcoming information about a field trip!
We will also be working on fractions in Math and doing some creative writing about our unit of inquiry.
Have a great week!
Last week we began our new unit, Sharing the Planet. Students are inquiring into the central idea which is that human choices impact the environment and living things.
So far the students have amazed me with how much prior knowledge they have on this topic! They have already discussed the importance of recycling, reducing our use of natural resources and protecting our earth. For the final project students will be choosing one topic related to their learning this unit and create a presentation for their peers in order to educate our ISM community and inspire action!
In Daily 5 we will be focusing on fluency and comprehension strategies. Students are building words and writing stories as well as doing lots and lots of reading.
In Maths we will return to measurement and learning to tell time on an analog clock as many students expressed their desire to learn this important skill.
Please send in costumes for the spring show by this Friday!! :)
Lots of Upcoming events here at ISM!!
The Open House is this Saturday from 11-2. Again we ask for your help in inviting friends, new families and/or family members who are looking for a school in the fall. If you can attend on Saturday that would be greatly appreciated as what you have to say about our school has a large impact on new families.